This week in the Watchlist there’s a brand new ghoul chasing gang in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a big budget fantasy saga starting on Amazon Prime, some slasher movie fun in our hidden gem and much more. It’s time people, please take your seats for The Weekend Watchlist.
“Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.” – Doc Brown, Back to the Future III
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (12A)
This fresh step in the Ghostbusters franchise was meant to drop last summer, but due to world events, it’s finally arriving in cinemas today. But has it been worth the wait? We’ll get to that in a minute. First the plot, which centres around single mum Callie and her two kids, difficult teen Trevor (Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard) and young Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), as they move into her recently deceased father’s spooky old small-town farmhouse.
Turns out their grandfather was OG Ghostbuster Egon and he was onto something big, which the kids realise after messing with one of his ghost traps, freeing something strange into the neighbourhood that really should have remained locked up. So much so that an apocalyptic event is on the horizon. They’ll need help from some friends new and old.
We’re pleased to report that busting still feels pretty good. Not as good as the original film, but there’s plenty to like here from the new faces to the cameos from the older stars. If you’re after a serious shot of nostalgia then you know who to call.
The Wheel of Time: Season 1 (Amazon Prime)
If you’re yearning for some epic fantasy adventure in similar vein to Game of Thrones then this new contender to the crown could be right up your street. The eight-part series is based on Robert Jordan’s 14 books, that follow Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful organisation of magical women, as she journeys around the world with four others, hoping one of them may be the reincarnation of a powerful figure – The Dragon – who prophesy says can either save the world or destroy it.
The Wheel of Time looks incredible and is big, really big! It’s also fairly complex and the dialogue is at times hammier than a pig farm. But if fantasy is your thing give this one a whirl. Stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Did You Know?
The longest kiss to take place a movie is in Andy Warhol’s Kiss. The film’s stars Rufus Collins and Naomi Levine kissed for the entire 50 minutes of the movie! Hope they had a Chapstick handy.
The Final Girls (Netflix)
Here’s a tongue-in-cheek flick that any slasher film fans worth their salt will want to check out. The action sees high school senior Max (Taissa Farmiga) mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred her mother, Amanda (Malin Åkerman).
Whilst stuck in the movie, Max is reunited with her mother who she lost in the real world and together with her gang of friends they are forced to escape the clutches of a machete-wielding killer, not to mention the camp’s counselor. Can they escape this messed up movie? That would be telling. You’ll have to give it a watch to find out.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Lovers of everyone’s favourite neighbourhood web-slinger haven’t got long to wait to see this tantalising new outing. Here Spidey’s identity is revealed for the first time, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk.
After enlisting Doctor Strange to help mess with the timeline to restore his secret, things as you might expect go wrong, unleashing the most powerful villains Spider-Man has had to face in any universe. Spider-Man swings into cinemas on December 17th.
Quick Question Answer: Last week we asked you who was the only actor to receive an Oscar nomination for acting in a Lord of the Rings movie? It was of course Sir Ian McKellen who was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the 2002 epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, for his portrayal of Gandalf. He lost out to Jim Broadbent.
This week we’d like to know in the classic 1984 movie Splash, Daryl Hanna’s mermaid chooses which street name to be her own? We’ll give you the answer in next week’s Weekend Watchlist.
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